Right now gamers can channel their inner 1980s action hero by experiencing The Expendables 2: Videogame, which to put it bluntly is a complete waste of money. I won’t delve too deeply into what’s wrong with the video game adaptation of The Expendables 2, but suffice to say that it hasn’t exactly hit the chords gamers wanted it to achieve. Hope isn’t entirely lost though as we could have the ultimate dumb 1980s inspired action experience via another Sly Stallone vehicle – Rambo.
If you recall some months ago it was announced that there was going to be a new Rambo game. The film exploits of Rambo may be on pause for now, though I’m sure it’ll be rebooted, but nonetheless a new video game was going to be created to capitalize on whatever mindshare the property has amongst those who play video games. Published by Reef Entertainment, they’re new kids on the block, details on the Rambo game remained elusive but now we have a few tidbits on the heels of the game being formally unveiled at Gamescom this month.
Described as a “fixed-perspective” FPS, the Rambo game will draw inspiration from the first three movies, essentially retelling them in a truncated video game form in which it’s all about killing dudes rather than showing Rambo’s emotional side. Reef Entertainment didn’t reveal any other core gameplay details, but what’s up with the whole “fixed-perspective” description? Is that simply another way of saying the game will be on-rails or is there something I’m missing? If it’s on-rails I may not have a problem with that since Sega’s Rambo arcade game was all-sorts of awesome and it’s even in my top 5 arcade shooters of all time.
Opting not to deflate their reveal at Gamescom, only a few screens of a suspcious bullshot nature were released today. There’s honestly not much to see other than a suburban area and some shacks that appear to replicate scenes from the Rambo movies. Doesn’t that sound exciting? Where are the images of Rambo holding a 50lb gun with one hand effortlessly as he mows down 25 guys?
I won’t entirely put down the Rambo game based on this rather lukewarm media release seeing as how the game will likely be mediocre to downright bad – just like every other movie based video game released in recent memory.
We can expect a more substantial look at Rambo: The Video Game in two weeks when it’s made playable at Gamescom. Until then I’ll just ponder if the game will employ the same terrible Stallone impersonator that’s used in The Expendables 2 game or if Reef Entertainment will cough up the cash to bring Stallone onboard.